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White House releases salary info for Trump’s aides

Donald Trump’s White House is stocked with 25 staffers who hold the title of “assistant to the president,” according to a disclosure released Friday, which also revealed that nearly two dozen aides all earn an annual salary of roughly $180,000.

The White House posted the salaries of its executive office staff in a 16-page document detailing the earnings of nearly 400 individuals — 18 are “detailees,” a distinction for people who were pulled from other agencies or organizations to temporarily serve in a White House role. The document was also shared with Congress, an annual requirement of administrations since 1995.

The president’s core West Wing staff dominate the top tier of earners, with the Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist and senior counselor Steve Bannon, press secretary Sean Spicer, counselor Kellyanne Conway, spokeswoman Hope Hicks and social media director Dan Scavino all earning $179,700.

The West Wing has always been a competitive place, but Trump’s White House has been especially intense as aides are often forced to respond in real time to the president’s erratic tweets and frequently compete for the president’s ear. Trump’s communications shop has also struggled to contain the sprawling Russia investigations examining possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

His top communications aides are joined by senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, legislative affairs director Marc Short, counsel Don McGahn and communications director for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault, who make the same salary of $179,700.

Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Oval Office operations director Keith Schiller earn $165,000. Other notable staff salaries include strategist Sebastian Gorka ($155,000), first lady Melania Trump communications director Stephanie Grisham ($115,000) and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn ($30,000).

Cohn told POLITICO his $30,000 salary was to cover the cost of health insurance.

Only three staffers — first daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and intergovernmental and technology aide Reed Cordish — take home no pay from taxpayers, according to the disclosure.

Kushner’s personal assistant, Avi Berkowitz, is paid $115,000 — more than any other assistant in the White House. By comparison, Bannon’s assistant’s salary is $40,000.

The Trump White House’s inaugural salary disclosures also show that it has nearly 100 fewer staffers than President Barack Obama had in 2016. Obama’s White House had 473 aides, with 19 assistants to the president.

Nine Obama aides earned top salaries of $176,461, and only one staffer, consultant Susan Davies, went unpaid. And Obama’s body man, Brian Mosteller, took home $60,000 less than Trump’s long-serving bodyguard, Keith Schiller.

Here are the salaries of some of the top officials in the current White House:

Reince Priebus, chief of staff, assistant to the president — $179,700

Steve Bannon, chief strategist, assistant to the president — $179,700

Kellyanne Conway, senior counselor to the president, assistant to the president — $179,700

Sean Spicer, press secretary, assistant to the president — $179,700

Hope Hicks, director of strategic communications, assistant to the president — $179,700

Dan Scavino, director of social media, assistant to the president — $179,700

Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser, assistant to the president — $179,700

Marc Short, director of the Office of Legislative Affairs, assistant to the president — $179,700

Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, executive secretary and chief of staff for the National Security Council, assistant to the president — $179,700

Andrew Bremberg, director of the Domestic Policy Council, assistant to the president — $179,700

Rick Dearborn, deputy chief of staff for legislative, Cabinet, intergovernmental affairs and implementation, assistant to the president — $179,700

Omarosa Manigault, director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, assistant to the president — $179,700.00

Don McGahn, counsel to the president, assistant to the president — $179,700

Tom Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism — $179,700

Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser for strategy, assistant to the president — $179,700

Lindsay Reynolds, chief of staff to the first lady, assistant to the president — $179,700

Jason Greenblatt, special representative for international negotiations, assistant to the president — $179,700

Sarah Sanders, principal deputy press secretary, deputy assistant to the president — $165,000

Keith Schiller, director of Oval Office operations, deputy assistant to the president — $165,000.00

Peter Navarro, director of trade and manufacturing policy, deputy assistant to the president — $165,000

George Gigicos, director of presidential advance, deputy assistant to the president — $165,000

Sebastian Gorka, strategist, deputy assistant to the president — $155,000

Stephanie Grisham, director of communications for the first lady, special assistant to the president — $115,000.00

Lindsay Walters, deputy press secretary and adviser to the press secretary, special assistant to the president — $115,000

Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, assistant to the president — $30,000

Ivanka Trump, adviser to the president — $0

Jared Kushner, senior adviser, assistant to the president — $0

Reed Cordish, assistant to the president for intergovernmental and technology initiatives — $0

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Uganda bans female civil servants from wearing cleavage revealing cloths

Public servants in Uganda are facing a strict dress code after the government issued a circular warning them to “dress decently”. Female staff have been told not to show any cleavage, wear brightly coloured nails, braids or hair extensions, sleeveless or transparent blouses.

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Men must wear long-sleeved shirts, jackets and ties, while trousers should not be tight-fitting. Staff failing to comply will be disciplined. The guidelines, issued by the Ministry of Public Service apply to all non-uniformed civil servants. But there is a feeling that female staff are the main focus on the new rules.

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While women will be allowed to wear pant-suits, they have been warned not to wear any tight-fitting clothing. Dresses and skirts must at least be knee-length. Uganda is a conservative society and women have previously complained of being harassed if they wear mini-skirts in public.

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The Ministry of Public Service’s director of Human Resources, Adah Muwanga, said they had to act after receiving complaints: “We were approached with complaints that, specifically lady officers, were dressing in an unacceptable manner, with mini-skirts and showing body parts which otherwise generally should be covered in Ugandan society,” she told the BBC.

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She said the ministry has overall responsibility to guide on the administration and management of the public service and “this is how we want the public to view us”. The circular further states that accessories should be modest, while long fingernails of more than 3cms (1.5in) with bright or multi-coloured nail polish are also not permitted.

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Flat, open shoes are ruled out, except in cases where one can prove that it is for medical reasons. Men have been told they should keep their hair short and neat, and not wear brightly coloured clothes. The circular is derived from Public Service Standing Orders on dress code, put in place in 2010.

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However, the BBC’s Patience Atuhaire in Kampala says the dress code does not seem to have been paid much attention to up to now. Mrs Muwanga said that staff who failed to comply with the new enforcements would be cautioned at first, and repeat offenders would face disciplinary action.

However she added “there is always room for review”.

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‘Efiewura’ Star Did Not Marry But Gave Birth To Six Kids With Different Women” – Brother

Brother of the late Kofi Agyiri, an actor in the popular ‘Efiewura’ series which airs on TV 3 has said his brother acted his womanising behaviour in the series that got Ghanaians glued to their TV sets.

According to him, his brother has six children with six different women and for that reason, he could play his role very well because, in real life, he is able to date several women.

He, however, mentioned that although his brother was a womaniser, he was a very responsible gentleman who worked tirelessly to take care of his six children and their mothers.

Ghanaian actor Kofi Agyiri of EFIEWURA fame is dead

“Surprisingly, my brother never married! He gave birth to six (6) kids with different women accordingly. More importantly, the late Kofi did his possible best to take good care of the kids as well as his baby mamas. It’ll interest you to know that his ‘womanising’ character as exhibited in Efriewura is a fair representation of his real human behaviour.”

Kofi Agyiri died on Friday after years of battling kidney failure.

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I’m Not Bothered…We Will Continue Showing Porn On TV – Manager (PHOTO)

Samuel Owusu Asare, the General Manager of Ice TV has said his media company is unfazed by complaint to the National Media Commission to stop them from showing pornography films on their channel.

One Monday, 12th June, 2017, two broadcasters, Messrs Tommy-Annan Forson and James Kwasi Oberko, made a complaint against Ice TV, Thunder TV and TV XYZ for showing films with pornographic scenes on their stations.

They presented their complaint to the National Media Commission, the Ministry of Information and are yet to copy the National Communications Authority, Chief Justice and the Speaker of Parliament.

“We have realised that these TV stations are showing things that are against the media commission’s standards and as concerned citizens, we thought it wise to make a complaint to the right authorities, to prompt them to take the necessary actions,” James had told Citi Showbiz.

However, in a response to the issue on Neat FM on Tuesday, Mr. Owusu Asare, the General Manager of Ice TV said that his channel would not stop showing the pornographic movies because there is no law that bars television stations from showing them.

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“If there is no law against it then what is the problem? If something isn’t good then fine but if there is no law restraining it then there is nothing I can say or do,” he had said.

“Some people are just been hypocrites. If you’re a good parent, how can you leave your kid to stay up late till 1 am? Then it means you as a parent have a problem. It is aired at a ghost hour for adults only. I don’t see anything wrong with it. They want it…” Owusu added.

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The General Manager of ICE TV also added that their audience had provided positive feedback and that until they stop showing interest in it, the TV station will continue to satisfy their viewers’ interest.

“From our research, we have adults, married people calling us and giving us feedback on social media. If you check more than 95 per cent of almost 300 comments shows we’re doing well,” he stated.

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“It’s a business. We satisfy our viewer’s choice. On some Christian TV’s they air fetish priests’ shows and they claim its business. Till we are told it’s against a law then we won’t stop unless our viewers tell us they don’t want it shown anymore…” he added.

In the meantime, James Kwasi Oberko and Tommy Annan-Forson are resolute in the fight against the showing of pornographic materials on television and admonish powers that be to fashion out stringent laws to combat the act.

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My Husband And I Enjoy Sex Almost Every Day – Mercy Asiedu

Actress Mercy Asiedu has disclosed that her husband and herself enjoy sex and that not a single day goes by without them enjoying the act.
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According to her, her body belongs to her husband and vice versa and they choose to use it for the purpose they deem fit and since they are youthful they will not stop enjoying sex.
“We have sex almost every day. As for us, we don’t wait for the weather to decide on when to have s3x when we are in bed and the feeling arises, we also arise to the occasion.
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We do it almost every day. Even we would have done it before I came but the time you came to pick us was too early that is why we have not done it but we will certainly do it when we get home,” the actress told Delay on the ‘Delay Show’.
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She indicated that she is aware other women will certainly want to snatch her man from her but is hopeful to clinch onto him for the rest of her life and that she is certainly not giving up on him.
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Mercy Asiedu revealed that she will in a matter of days start her production house to also help contribute to the growth of the Ghana Movie industry.
Mercy Asiedu, a mother of two got married Nana Agyemang Badu who fell in love with the actress through her movie ‘Asoreba’.

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The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has settled on Ms Justice Sophia A.B. Akuffo, as his choice for the position of Chief Justice, to take over from Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, who retires on June 8, 2017.

Graphic gathered that President Akufo-Addo will today [Friday] announce and present her name to Parliament for approval.

The Council of State has already approved her nomination, and Ms Justice Akuffo has also been presented with her nomination letter.

Ms Akuffo, is the next most senior on the highest court of the land after Mr Justice William Atuguba, who is billed to retire soon.


Name: Etse
Against baa gbo! we need seniority and competence and not tribal issues like you are fuulishly saying
Name: Let’s All Wise Up
It’s about time we comment positively when an elderly or a leader takes decision. You people should go and take the leadership position so that u can decide for the nation aaaba, what’s that. Every decision u either criticize or lambast how can’t u show some little respect ad3n panin nni mmo fie anaa, na 3buo ketekete kakra koraa nni mmo mmu saa no. After he did not take the decision alone, the President consulted the Council of state and it shall finally go to parliament for approval. If u want to be part of the decision makers in 2020 stand for the presidency or as a member of parliament so that we vote for to take your own decision. Make u all keep quiet and let’s the driver silently takes us to the destination. Amen
Name: Dzigbodzi
If u read carefully u will notice the lady has about 2 years to retire. Justice Dotse has the chance after 2years if he is still young in 2 years time.
ONAAAPO !!!!!!; This is GREAT NEWS !!!!; Nana Addo is using his head and should not get involved in this tribalistic balance nunsenses by these Ewes and northners ; why should Nana Addo appoint an ewe or a northners when he has a well qualified relative whom he can trust and work with besides have these ewes and northners forgotten when JJ Rawlings appointed ewes and his relatives including the Tsikata family in the PNDC/NDC government ; have northners forgotten when Jon Mahama apoointed northners to key positions and even making his brother Ibrahim Manaha the defacto Chief of the Army staff and controlled the Ports and refused to pay his taxes ; those ewes complaining should give us a BREAK !!!!!!!; NO MORE EWES IN KEY POSITIONS AGAIN BECAUSE ALL THEY DO IS TO STILL AND WRECK GHANA ; AFTERALL EWES ARE NOT EVEN GHANAIANS
Name: Ghanaman
I agree to this for the sake of gender balance at the top of leadership of the country.
 Name: Tonga

Please note that Justice Dotse was appointed to the Supreme Court by an Akan. Please stop the tribal sentiments. Ghana must progress.

Name: Kofi
Please the presidents name is AKUFO not AKUFFO


Name: kwesi kwesi
Family and friend, and Paul adom Otchere was so wrong…. How can a tribalist goverment as this give such a juicy position to an Ewe when his family members are available wow !!!
Name: Nana
The name is from Akuapem so if you are lucky to have a father from there then count yourself blessed.
Name: nii
@ Kwabena Donkor: The name Akuffo is an Akuapem name from Akuapem-Akropong. The Akuapem-Akropong’s inherit matrilinially that is why you will for instance notice that, the President, H.E Nana Akuffo-Addo is skewed towards the Akyem lineage where his mother comes from.
One has to carefully research and tell me where the name AKUFFO originated from,it look and seems it is producing great and great people in our countrys socio economic development.Please PEACEFM help us know the origin of that name….in know time that particular family that produces that name will become the greatest family in the country….name it,from governance,judiciary,banking,economy,legislation,Police,military,etc that name is always mention.Please help me unravel the mystery of the name.
Name: Prophet
Let’s do away with the tribal concept in the appointment, after all, one, among he lot will have to occupy the hot seat. And I know Justice Atubuga will not be appointed even if he has ten more years to retire. The last presidential election ruling which lasted less than five minutes, is still fresh in the minds of Ghanaians.
Name: Koliko
Nobody is surprised, Dotse should have known that, nobody would ever made him an Ewe a CJ in a highly tribalistic government. Ghana is an Akan state. No job for you if u bear and Ewe name


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Former HIV/AIDS Ambassador Joyce Dzidzor mourn the late husband

Joyce Dzidzor Mensah, is a Ghanaian citizen many Ghanaians believed was HIV positive and identified for 5 years as an official HIV/AIDS Ambassador for Ghana AIDS Commission, Mourn the late husband…

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Eddie, Prince and I had to shave our hair to mourn you as your tradition demands.

Prince wish you could continue bathing him as you loved to do. Rest in peace